Okay where the hell has 2015 gone?!?  I feel like I’ve blinked and missed half of it…I do have sleeping beauty tendencies so maybe that’s what has happened!  So Where Did the Wind Blow Me in 2015 and I’ve added a few other reflections from the year…let’s go for a quick ride back in time.

The Staycation

Emma and I took off to Bath for a romantic weekend…be warned she does steal the covers!  We had a great weekend discovering the delights of Bath and eating the most amazing gluten free savoury scones for breakfast at the Pump Rooms.

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This years ANZAC Day service was a rather special one, so I made the effort to attend the dawn service in London which meant we stayed over night at the Intercontinental Park Lane…a fabulous hotel in London and even better when you can use your IHG points for a free night!

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I was very lucky to get invited to Sting and Paul Simon concert at the O2 with SPG and stayed the night at the Aloft beside to the Excel centre…this is a really good base and the rooms are extremely comfy, just don’t put your neck out like I did while drying my hair…a Charlie’s Angels hair flick that went wrong, doh!!  I had a great evening especially as I got to catch up with Anna again at the concert!

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G and I spent a weekend in Oxford and I really really really tried to love Oxford however I’m a Cambridge girl at heart.  We still had a great weekend even though it was soggy and I ended up with a soggy bottom AGAIN!

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Day Tripping

Buying a car has given me a huge amount of freedom to explore England so I try and do a day trip every weekend to explore the English countryside (there’s something about going exploring to relieve the stresses of a week at work).   Cambridge is super close to me and even with my Dory tendencies I managed to remember to get tickets to the Cambridge Open Weekend…I’m still surprised that I was that organised to get tickets!  Bluebells in springtime, heading into London to go on Yannick’s gluten free walking tours (Macarons and Mews plus his new Piccadilly and Petit 4’s), visiting the cute village of Elstow in Bedfordshire, taking a million photos of the cute little beach huts at Wells Next the Sea and the super gorgeous Lavenham (I’ve yet to blog about this cutie pie town!) were some of my favourite day trips of 2015.

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Castle Hunting

I castle hunted like a ninja in 2015 and my castle hunting list continues to grow for 2016!  I’ve got a few memberships however for me the best one was definitely the Historic Houses Association membership, this has saved me more than a few pennies.  Definitely some of the highlights of 2015 were discovering Deene Park (my favourite castle!), Rockingham Castle, Dover Castle, Woburn Abbey, Kirby Hall and Burghley House plus many many more.

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Passport at the Ready

G and I popped off to Brussels for a few days in February for our birthdays…and of course we ate afternoon tea and a lot of chocolate and I mean a lot…we were definitely Master and Miss Piggy.  There are more photos of food then Brussels!

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May called for a tier point run to Marrakech for G so I tagged along as who wouldn’t…it’s not a bad place to head too for a few days…Marrakech has definitely changed a lot since my first visit way back in 2003 and I was told that I saw the real Marrakech not the touristy Marrakech that everyone sees today.  We had what you would call a mixed kind of holiday in Marrakech but we still enjoyed it thanks to staying in a hotel that Winston Churchill loved.

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Pretty much right after Marrakech, I flew to Croatia to see my family for a few days…it’s a hard life…it did take Easyjet three attempts to land at Split airport and an overnight power cut due to an electrical storm left me with 3% battery life right before I was due to leave for the airport so it did have it’s moments!

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We popped over to Hong Kong and then onto Malaysia for two weeks, flying in First Class with British Airways…it was nice to actually switch off properly and it was my first two week holiday since 2012…it was during this trip that I realised that I was really taking this blogging business way too seriously and pulled out of the game in a big way.

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I managed to tick Strasbourg off my 2015 Travel Wish List back in October and I wasn’t disappointed…what a truly fantastic part of France and I would happily return to the region again…the Alsace Wine Route made me a rather happy little bunny!

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December saw me flying home to New Zealand (you’re currently getting spammed on instagram) and as my Cathay Pacific flight left from Paris, I managed to have 24 hours in the city to explore (a post still needs to follow…I will pull my finger out on that one soon I promise!).

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Scoffing Gluten Free Afternoon Tea

I’ve eaten a number of gluten free Afternoon Tea’s this year and I’ve got the rolls to prove it.  My personal three favourites of 2015 are definitely Brown’s Hotel, The Lanesborough and of course Claridge’s…you can’t go wrong with either one!

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Lessons Learned from Blogging in 2015

I learnt a few big lessons from blogging this year…some good and some pretty shit.

The good – I made some great friends through blogging and found them extremely supportive in times of need or when I needed a bit of blog advice.  I really love the interaction with the community that follows along in my journey, especially the non-bloggers that take the time to email me, thank you!  The opportunities that have come my way thanks to this blog have always being appreciated but once again a big thank you to the brands that I’ve worked with in the past.  I had a blog refresh this month and it feels great to have a new look…a bit like finding a new pair of really comfortable knickers that actually look a tad sexy, that’s how I’d sum up my blog make over.

The shit – I will be brutally honest and say that I fell out of love with the blogging community this year (not all but a lot); there are some unkind people in the blogging community, the blagging seriously needs to stop (and one of the reasons why I almost quit twitter – if you want something, pay for the bloody stuff yourself!) and the reviews that aren’t honest.  I value my community so if I find out that a blogger has lied then I never share their posts with my community EVER AGAIN…I’ve worked hard to gain peoples trust and don’t fancy throwing it away with one tweet.  And don’t get me started on the whole follow and unfollow crap way of building social media stats – seriously getting followed and followed by the same blogger three times in a week was beyond annoying…more annoying than the DM on twitter asking to follow them on Facebook…if you want me to follow you then please show me some personality and give me a reason to follow with some interaction rather then spamming me with links to your blog (and I’ve being guilty of this also so I know it’s not easy!).

Going forward, I am no longer accepting anything complimentary on my blog as I want to receive the same experience that my readers will be getting rather than a “blogger experience” and I don’t fancy getting involved in the competitive nature of blogging; I find it fascinating to watch but don’t fancy participating…I think they should do a “I’m a blogger…get me out of here” youtube show, it would be so bloody hilarious.   What you see is really what you get…a blog all paid for by me and all about me me me me me!

My weight

Well I got fatter…what else can I say but since I’ve come home to NZ for Christmas my body confidence has improved hence why you’re seeing photos of me on instagram now.  Weirdly I feel people are more judgemental in the UK especially when it comes to looks while in NZ, the casual laid approach to fashion and life is a lot less judgemental…I’m sure people will disagree with me here but that’s just my opinion on things and you know what they say about opinions…they’re like arseholes, everyones got one.

So that’s my 2015 in review…I do feel like I’ve blinked and missed things but hey ho that’s life and you don’t have to be out exploring every second of every day…there’s nothing better than having a day of rest to recharge those old batteries and never feel guilty for doing so…it’s your life!

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So a few weeks ago, Lonely Planet announced their 2016 Best Travel Destinations which was a round up of their top 10 countries, cities and regions.  Not to be out done by Lonely Planet, I thought I would share my picks for 2016.  Lonely Planet and I agree on a few destinations…I’m not sure about Botswana getting their No. 1 spot, yes it’s nice and politically stable but if you’re looking at a full package country then definitely visit it’s neighbour, Namibia.  But if you do visit Botswana, make sure you use a plastic mokoro rather than the traditional wooden one when going into the Delta…you’ll thank me later…along with your dry camera equipment!

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France

I’m putting France on my list for one reason…it’s my most popular Pinterest board!  When I look at which pins are getting pinned the most, it’s not Paris but cute little villages in the country side with the Alsace region a firm favourite.  Marseille and Bordeaux have all had make overs recently and are becoming popular city break destinations…there is definitely more to France than just Paris.

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Peru

Well I’m going to Peru next year so that is a good enough reason for Peru to feature on this list however the big reason is that there are finally direct flights from the UK with British Airways again from next May which is making Peru an easier destination to reach.  I can see Peru being extremely popular for luxury travellers thanks to this direct flight.

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Costa Rica

Like Peru, Costa Rica will also have direct flights from next May from London Gatwick (once again with BA)…this beautiful country, full of colourful tropical birds and butterflies has been on my wish list for years and I can see it slowly enticing UK travellers to it’s luscious shores.  There are some pretty amazing destination hotels in Costa Rica to check out!

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Mexico

I’ve always had slightly mixed feelings about Mexico…mainly as Cancun seems to be a UK package holiday hell hole that I don’t ever want to visit…however the opening scenes of the latest James Bond movie had me whispering in G’s ear that I want to visit Mexico City.  Wanderlust strikes at any moment…and I wouldn’t mind David Craig tagging along for the ride.  After doing extensive google research, there is so much more to Mexico then just Cancun!

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St Helena Island

Lonely Planet and I agree on this hot travel destination for 2016 – the island finally has an airport…queue happy dance!  St Helena Island and I have a connection, one of my dad’s ancestors was known as St Helena’s Merchant King and was friends with Napoleon hence the reason why I am really keen to visit.  Wild and secluded, it’s going to draw the extremely well travelled that want to finally visit but without having to endure the long sea journey.

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The Faroe Islands

Iceland has had it’s time in the spotlight and I think many travellers are looking for the next big thing…which is the Faroe Islands.  Trust me, grass roof cottages will be popping up all over instagram in 2016!

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Morocco

Morocco has been mentioned on many past hot travel destination lists but I think the focus has really been around Marrakech…I love Marrakech however it’s very much a Disneyland destination, it’s lost it soul.  Step in Fez and Chefchaouen; I visited these two cities way back in 2003 and they were pretty amazing then but I can see them featuring more and more in the next 12 months…the only problem is that you have to fly from Stansted with Ryanair to Fez.  If you’re after an authentic Moroccan experience, visit Fez over Marrakech.  Chefchaouen holds a special place in my heart…I was flashed for the first time in my life in this town…ahhh those beautiful Moroccan memories!

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Japan

Lonely Planet and I agree on this one…Japan seemed to be rather popular last year especially around Cherry Blossom season and I think it’s only going to get bigger in the coming years due to it’s fabulous culture and delightful foodie scene.

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Scotland

The Highlands have been popular for years but I can see the Hebrides becoming more popular as staycationers look for destinations that are off the beaten path.  Rugged islands and whiskey…what more could you ask for…well how about an airport that actually uses the beach as a landing strip!

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Malaysia

Malaysia is surrounded by popular destinations like Thailand and Bali however it doesn’t feel like a big travel player but I can see that changing.  The country has so much to offer from white sand beaches, to cosmopolitan cities, jungles and gorgeous tea plantations in the Highlands…it has something for everyone and suits all budgets.

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So what do you think will be the best travel destinations and trends for 2016?  Cities or Countries…let’s overdose on wanderlust!

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For some reason Malaysia isn’t seen as a major holiday destination in Asia for folks from the UK; the more famous cousins i.e. Thailand, Bali and Vietnam seem to be more popular so I thought I would share 10 very awesome reasons why you need to visit Malaysia.

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The Food

Seriously…a picture says a thousand words…I could never get sick of the beautiful flavours, the quality and the freshness of the meals that we had while in Malaysia.

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The Best Spas

The spas in Malaysia are just glorious…you will feel like a pampered princess and leave utterly relaxed.  If you’re like me…you’ll book yourself into the spa two days running as they’re that good; just refrain from booking a tummy massage (ouch!)

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^^That’s just the pool area for the folks using the spa at Pangkor Laut Resort

The Luxury Hotels

Often seen as a backpacker destination, the luxury hotels in Malaysia are super impressive and the locations are just mind blowing!  From the private island, to the jungle to tea plantations…there is seriously something for everyone.

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The Beautiful Beaches

White sand beach and crystal clear waters…what’s not to love…you want to visit Malaysia now don’t you!

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The Great Brew

Malaysia produces a lot of tea…I mean, more than I could ever drink in a lifetime…visit the Tea Plantations in the Cameron Highlands when visiting Malaysia and enjoy afternoon tea at The Cameron Highlands Resort.

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The Diverse Beauty

I get bored quite quickly…(if I see more than 3 roman ruins in a row I start to yawn) so the diverse beauty on offer in Malaysia definitely will keep you on your toes…from beaches (see above), to tea plantations, to jungles and massive skyscrapers in the capital…you won’t want to shut your eyes for one moment while visiting Malaysia.

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Sunrises and Sunsets

I love sunrises and sunsets; it’s something a lot of travellers miss out on (mainly the sunrises, I like snuggling in my bed till 10am too) but watching the glorious sunrises and sunsets makes me appreciate the beauty that the world has to offer.

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The Weather

This is such an English thing to add in (and I ain’t English!) but the weather is pretty good…just avoid the rainy season if you can but even still you won’t need a jumper.  Just take an umbrella and avoid wearing a long dress.

Le Shopping

Shopping in Malaysia is amazing, the Pound Sterling to Malaysian Ringgit conversion is pretty darn wonderful at the moment so that designer handbag becomes a lot cheaper…the Gucci handbag stayed in the shop (the word mini worried me…I carry a lot of crap in my handbag)…not sure why as I really needed a blue handbag…I really really really do!

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The National Airline

My very first ever flight was with Malaysia Airlines (and it did briefly cross my mind it might be my last, it wasn’t obviously) however the food and service were exceptionally good and much better than British Airways…if I had to choose between the two airlines then Malaysia airlines all the way.

Have you visited Malaysia before?  Did you love the country?

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I’m not sure what made me book a nine night holiday in Malaysia but I’m so glad that I did; just the small area of Malaysia that G and I visited, we were blown away with it’s beauty, the kindness of it’s people and the rather great shopping (hello favourable exchange rate!).

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I’ve done all the hotel reviews of where we stayed while in Malaysia (apologies if you hate hotel reviews!).  After a rather dodgy start to our holiday, all thanks to a car hire firm…honestly I don’t like care hire companies…I gave the firm that we originally booked with the short shove and G went and found us a new car with sat nav, a map and petrol…it wasn’t that difficult…here’s our little bat mobile…and all our luggage…we had a bag full of gluten free food with us!

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Our first stop was the Pangkor Laut Resort on the coast; it was a rather long drive…over 4.5 hours from KL airport…but we got to paradise and had a rather relaxing three nights on a private island…we are so going to be doing this again…

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…and of course this!

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I think it was safe to say we left Pangkor Laut Resort pretty relaxed and blissed out after numerous spa treatments and just enjoying the sunsets and crashing waves at Emerald Bay.  It’s definitely worthy of a visit if you’re in Malaysia and it was G’s favourite hotel from our trip.

We jumped back into the Bat Mobile with all our luggage…it felt like we had actually accumulated more luggage even though we hadn’t bought anything…the joys of a private island…you can’t go shopping!  We were staying at The Banjaran Hot Springs Retreat in Ipoh; it was another retreat where the emphasis is on pure relaxation; we left in a gooey relaxed mess…albeit G had managed to get bitten by every mosquito in Ipoh…hmmm rainy season!

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Once again we didn’t actually leave the retreat…I promise we did see a bit of Malaysia during our visit.  Yoga classes are a must at The Banjaran…just don’t smother yourself in mosquito repellant prior to attending a yoga class…you end up all a little slippery and falling out of yoga poses…p.s. giggling when someone farts in a yoga class is frowned upon…just putting that out there!

After two nights in Ipoh, the Bat Mobile was loaded up again and we were off up to the Cameron Highlands on some very twisty roads…it kept G entertained…while I checked out the road side shops….I needed a shopping fix…

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As it was the end of Ramadan, every man and his dog were descending on the Cameron Highlands (apparently it’s always rather busy during the weekends anyway but add a public holiday…eek!) so it was pretty packed…and there were traffic jams.  We bought some strawberries and chocolate sauce to take back to the hotel so we could devour them while reading our books…G ended up falling asleep and woke up to only one strawberry left in the container…you snooze you loose.

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We managed to get ourselves on a private sunrise tour while staying in the Cameron Highlands which I highly recommend doing as it’s just a beautiful way to really appreciate the beauty of the area…waiting for the sun…

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…hello Little Miss Sunshine…

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…the reason for our visit…the tea leaves!

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^^You think being on holiday I would have given myself a manicure!

Our tour included a wander through the Mossy Forest…it was a bit cloudy unfortunately.

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We headed out to visit the BOH Tea Plantation but due to the public holidays there was no display so we visited the gift shop and loaded up on a lot of tea…and I mean a lot!

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On the way back to the hotel we left the car on the side of the road like everyone else seemed to be doing…and did a spot of strawberry shopping…I talked myself out of the strawberry jandals…then G talked me into buying them…and then I talked myself out of them again!  I should have bought myself a giant strawberry cushion though…souvenir buyers remorse right there folks!

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Mum, please tell me you’ve bought these self plucking strawberries for the garden….if not, you need to buy these plants from Malaysia.

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We left the Cameron Highlands in a rather refreshed state of mind…it was so much cooler…no humidity for two nights was heaven!

Our drive back to Kuala Lumpur Airport to drop off the rental car was easy peasy…and we jumped on the train into the city centre.  I may have picked up some chocolate bars for the journey and got a tad excited to find a golden ticket inside my Diary Milk…then G got one…I almost cried….I thought I was special.

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The lovely concierge at The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur advised us that most of the big tourist attractions were closed…drats drats drats…including the viewing area at The Towers…I wasn’t disappointed about this…thank goodness….G was almost in tears..it just means another holiday to Malaysia.

We wandered around the beautiful old colonial railway station…

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…and the mosque, I looked for pretty doors…G doesn’t understand my fascination with photographing doors!

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We did a spot of shopping at Pavilion…a seriously good shopping mall…we spent hours inside…and I needed macarons to keep up my energy…it was macarons or a new Gucci bag…I went for the cheaper option!

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Of course we visited The Towers at night time; aren’t they beautiful all lit up!

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And then ventured into the night market…I loved the flower shop….

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…and all the pretty lanterns….

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…and then my camera lost charge…bollocks!

Too soon we were boarding our Malaysia Airlines flight back to Hong Kong

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…but as you can see; we were super relaxed after our holiday in Malaysia and get a touch better at taking selfies.

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I know we only visited a tiny section of Malaysia so please feel free to give me your recommendations on places to visit in future as I will definitely be back at some point.

I was rather surprised on how much I enjoyed Malaysia as I’ve always seen Asia as a dodgy backpacker destination (and yes I did backpack through the Middle East, Africa and Europe many years ago) however  that’s not the case…there are glorious luxury hotels just waiting to be discovered along with great food, culture and natural beauty.

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Our final hotel for our last two nights in Malaysia was The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur; one of Asia’s most iconic hotels and it was a bit of a beauty.  I’m rather a fan of iconic oldies; I love their history, their beauty and they normally have pretty grand service to boot!

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We arrived back into Kuala Lumpur via the train station and got picked up by the complimentary shuttle service…you can’t miss the wonderfully dressed gentleman at the train station…so getting the hotel was a breeze.

I had managed to score us a pretty sweet little deal thanks to a special package, if you stayed three nights at the Pangkor Laut Resort (which we did), you were provided with a free night at The Majestic Hotel KL in a standard room. So I booked another night and on check in, asked if we were in the old part of the hotel (there is the old and new wing – I wanted the old wing…I’m a fussy traveller!) and paid for upgrade…it was £60 all up and this included us moving from a standard room to a suite in the old wing of the hotel…butler service, free mini bar, free chauffeur service around the city and the best bit….they would wash our clothes…

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…needless to say, we happily accepted the upgrade and paid…clean clothes!  The reception is pretty swish in the main hotel lobby…you probably want to know if there is a limit on the laundry service…there wasn’t…we gave our little lady butler a 50 litre bag full of two weeks worth of washing..she’s probably still in shock.

So are you ready to have a snoop inside our suite (room number 311)!

We were shown to our suite which was all rather grand…the lounge…

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…our bedroom…

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…the bathroom; this was a seriously good bathroom…

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…and the mini bar selection!  I was surprised to find alcohol in the free mini bar as this isn’t normally the case.

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As soon as we stepped out of the suite, you could see the beauty of the old hotel…and we could spot ladies enjoying afternoon tea.

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G went to the cigar lounge to surprise surprise, smoke cigars…I’ve told him he’s going to die from lung cancer but he assures me he’s going to die anyway so he’s going to enjoy the cigar…we ordered a spot of lunch…it was a painful experience to say the least.  G had placed a gluten free food order for me as I was taking pics of the hotel…so imagine his surprise and mine when they turned up 20 minutes later saying that they couldn’t make the gluten free meal…so back to the drawing board…the food was the major let down in this hotel.

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^^on the right hand side is some pics from breakfast…I ate rice, fish and fruit but there was a good selection of other items.

^^^^I won’t even begin to tell you the story about trying to order a gluten free meal via room service…I would need a pina colada…the blog doesn’t need another rant especially not after my recent BA rant.

We obviously tried out the afternoon tea at The Majestic Hotel; it would be rude not too really!

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I love a good snoop around the hotel…so I went in search for the Orchid Conservatory…unfortunately they won’t allow you in there unless you have a booking (this was taken through the glass)…

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…and the colonial cafe which is rather pretty even though the floral displays were looking a bit droopy.

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You can take elevator selfies…mum that’s two photos of me in two posts…I’m not sure what’s going on with my forehead…this must be my concentrating face!  The un-ironed dress is from Boden (sorry mum)…it looks like a maternity dress but perfect in high humidity.

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The weather was a bit pants while we were in KL…the joys of visiting during rainy season…my goodness when it rains…it really does rain so we never tried out the pool.

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Now I know they say you should never air your dirty laundry in public but they never said anything about clean laundry…

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While at times I did find things a little bit rough around the edges mainly when it came to ordering food and getting timely service from the kitchen this really was my only complaint.

The butler service had impeccable service and we used the chauffeur service a number of times (the hotel provides you with a mobile so you can call your butler to book a return journey back to the hotel; it’s all rather easy peasy) and we loved the concierge whom loved his city and looked after us extremely well during our stay even though most of the city was closed as it was a public holiday.

Would I recommend the hotel – I would especially if you went for the suite option as I thought it’s really great value for money; free drinks, no worries about taxis and all our clothes washed for free.  We ended up paying £140 all up for our two nights in a suite!

Have you stayed at The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur; what did you think of the hotel?

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